Official opening of Mourneabbey's new facilities
The sun shone last Friday night in Mourneabbey Community Complex as special guests joined local supporters for the official opening of the facility's new playground and astroturf.
A large crowd attended in what was a great night for the community.
The first official task of the evening was the opening of the new astroturf pitch and Sean Kelly MEP - also ex-president of the GAA - did the honours. Led then by a piper, the large crowd walked from the astroturf to the new playground.
Music by the Clyda session was played before the formal proceedings got underway and Sean Kelly addressed the crowd.
"Mourneabbey is showing tonight what a great community it is," the MEP said, adding: "Seeing the community council, Clyda Rovers and Mourneabbey Ladies Football all working together is fantastic".
He also said that completing the plan in phases was exactly the correct approach. "Some places can take on too much at one time, your development committee has chosen to do these projects piece by piece and debt free, which is a wise course of action."
Mourneabbey Community Council Chairperson Liam Madden then addressed the gathering, revealing just how much work went into the delivery of the new facilities.
He paid particular thanks to Clyda Rovers GAA for their investment and support in the delivery of the astroturf. He also thanked all the community, be it the community council, members of the community and the clubs for supporting the fundraising efforts.
"Well over 50 per cent of the total costs had To be raised by us here at home and I would like to thank you all for the support in the collection and fundraising draws we did," Liam also remarked.
"We had two great contractors in Kelly Brothers and Browne Brothers who delivered us two fantastic facilities."
Liam finished by saying: "We have a great community here in Mourneabbey and we will continue to work hard to improve facilities for all age groups".
Father Sean Corkery then blessed the playground and said a prayer for the Late Karen Buckley.
With the excitement of the children hard to contain, the ribbon was then finally cut by Cllr Gearoid Murphy on behalf of the Mayor of Cork County Council.
A great night in the community centre followed where all the community gathered for refreshments. Huge thanks was given to Dan O'Callaghan and Awbeg Macra for serving these refreshments and to the people of the community who made buns and cakes for the night.
Since 2014 the total spend on the plan has been €276,000. This involved the purchase of 2.02 acres adjacent to the complex, the levelling of the site and the construction of a new playground and astroturf pitch. All this has been achieved debt free.
The total amount spent to date in the complex from 2000 to 2018 stands at €1.7 million.